Matthew McDaniel wearing a dark suit and white shirt.

Matthew A. McDaniel


Baltimore, MD Office
Suite 1400
25 S. Charles Street
Baltimore MD, 21201
Affiliations & Achievements


Matthew A. McDaniel is Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. His civil litigation experience includes complex litigation and class actions, high-exposure toxic and environmental tort matters, construction defects, personal injury defense, and insurance coverage cases.

Prior to joining Semmes, Mr. McDaniel was Special Advisor to Governor Larry Hogan. He provided strategic policy advice to the Governor and senior administration officials and played a significant role in Maryland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was a member of the Governor’s COVID-19 Senior Policy Group, the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force, and co-authored the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” statewide re-opening plan. He was also Director of the Governor’s Legacy Project initiative and the end-of-term transition effort.

Mr. McDaniel received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Loyola University Maryland, where he was captain of the varsity tennis team, was a member of the Honors program, and studied abroad in Rome. He earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

He was the 2015-2016 Republican nominee for the City Council of Baltimore City – First District and received campaign endorsements from the Baltimore Sun and Governor Hogan.


  • 2013, Maryland


  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 2013)
  • Loyola University (B.A., 2010)

Affiliations, Associations & Special Achievements

  • Fells Point Main Street, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, Member (2017-2020)
  • Governor’s Citation, COVID-19 Response Effort